Peppermint Crisp Ice Cream

This recipe for homemade Peppermint Crisp Ice Cream is the best mint ice cream in the world. Made with one of South Africa’s favourite chocolate bars, it is fresh and crunchy with crisp chocolate chips.

Friends, I have neglected you. Thank you to all of you who have continued to visit the blog over the last few weeks regardless of the glaring absence of new recipes, I deeply appreciate it.

For the first time in a really long time I was feeling like I needed to step away from Pomegranate Days and all the social media upkeep and blog maintenance that it entails.  I think that for those of you that have your own blogs, you will understand that having this pretty full time “second job” can be quite draining on any off time, to the point where you very rarely just switch off and be.

We had planned a little mini-vacay away with the kiddos over the July holidays and despite being completely unprepared, i.e. no scheduled posts, I snatched the opportunity to take some much needed blog downtime.

I read books unrelated to food and I actually bought magazines without a beautifully photographed dish on the front. I cooked delicious meals whilst refusing to think about how great they would work on the blog, or wondering if anyone maybe needed this fab new recipe. It was a purposeful blog sabbatical, if you would, and it was just lovely.

But, hey ho, it’s all systems go and we are back with this ever so pretty Peppermint Crisp Ice Cream. Ice-cream? During the coldest week of the winter? There are floods and tornadoes and snow and I am serving up ice cream?

This recipe for homemade Peppermint Crisp Ice Cream is the best mint ice cream in the world. Made with one of South Africa’s favourite chocolate bars, it is fresh and crunchy with crisp chocolate chips.

This recipe for homemade Peppermint Crisp Ice Cream is the best mint ice cream in the world. Made with one of South Africa’s favourite chocolate bars, it is fresh and crunchy with crisp chocolate chips.


Yup! I am afraid so. You see, I do not believe that there is ever an inappropriate season, let alone a bad day, for ice-cream. I am defiantly unapologetic about it. This particular one was inspired by our holiday. You see, around here, every holiday day is an ice cream day and yes, during the holidays my kiddos literally eat ice cream every single day. And you know what? It felt kinda great to not have to say no.

Pretty Girl will try different flavours and combinations but my Handsome is a mint ice-cream guy. You can say what you will but he will not be swayed into a caramel or blueberry or strawberry cheesecake. I get him. What is not to love about mint ice-cream, particularly when it’s made with the hugest bar of South African peppermint crisp you can find on the shelf? Well, exactly – nothing.

A quick note on the recipe. I have called for 1x 150g bar of peppermint crisp. I actually used two because a) let’s not kid ourselves I knew I was going to eat a few pieces while I waited for the ice cream to churn and b) I wanted to have extra shards to sprinkle over the top. Oh and PS – If you find yourself outside of South Africa and thus sadly without access to this chocolate bar, I suggest using your own favourite mint bar.

What about you? Do you think ice-cream belongs in the summer along with coconut sunscreen, balmy days at the beach and flip flops? Or are you coming over later and we can sandwich this Peppermint Crisp Ice Cream between two homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies and eat ice cream burgers in front of the fire?

Recipes and inspiration from Sam Taylor, experienced chef, South African food blogger and lover of food.





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Peppermint Crisp Ice Cream
Serves: 8
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  • 6 eggs yolks
  • 125 ml (½ C) caster sugar
  • 500 ml (2 C) cream
  • few drops green food colour
  • 1 x bar of Peppermint Crisp, coarsely chopped
  1. Beat together the egg yolks and the caster sugar until the yolks are pale and light.
  2. Beat the cream until thick but not too stiff. Set aside.
  3. Fold the cream into the egg yolk mixture.
  4. Add a few drops of the green food colouring to give the ice cream a minty look.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a prepared ice cream machine and churn until frozen.
  6. Add the peppermint crisp shards to the machine and allow the peppermint chips to churn through.
  7. Turn the ice cream out into a freezer proof bowl and freeze until serving.
Cooking time refers to churn time.






15 Comments on Peppermint Crisp Ice Cream

  1. Anina Meyer
    July 28, 2016 at 4:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Ice cream in winter ROCKS! Doll, I hear you, sometimes a break from the PC is such a good idea. We really are bombarded by new trends, beautiful photography and mouthwatering recipes on our TL, that kind of makes us think – I will never be that good. Well, I think about it. It’s bad, BAD! Need to take a step back from it all once in a while. I hope you enjoyed your break, lovely to have you back!

    • sam
      July 28, 2016 at 5:52 pm (3 years ago)

      I adore you, and that was before I knew you love ice cream in winter too. And yes that comparison thing, I do that too. This break definitely helped me regain my perspective and allowed me to re-focus on the things about this blog that excite me. Highly recommended.

  2. Di@bibbyskitchen
    July 28, 2016 at 5:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Welcome back Sam! A step away is not only healthy but completely necessary. And no, ice cream is never a bad idea, never mind the weather. Love the images here.

    • sam
      July 28, 2016 at 5:54 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Di. I think its fabulous that I am not alone in loving ice cream in winter. I particularly loved the shot of the ice cream against the winter jersey. It shouldn’t go but it does, and that makes it fun. (I have to thank my favourite Mia for being my hand model.)

  3. Anina Meyer
    July 28, 2016 at 6:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Aaah, you are too kind! Positive thinking all the way! Can’t wait to see what’s in store next.

  4. Ev Thomas
    July 29, 2016 at 3:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Beautiful images and a delicious looking recipe. My husband eats a Peppermint Crisp every night after dinner. I am definitely going to make this for him. He’s going to go crazy for it. Thanks for sharing Sam

    • sam
      July 29, 2016 at 4:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Ev. I wish I could eat a peppi crisp every night after dinner, my hips however would not approve.

  5. Kit
    July 31, 2016 at 6:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Ice cream in winter is good, I’ll be over for that ice cream sandwich soon!
    My blog has taken a back seat for far too long now, but I refuse to feel guilty. Every now and again I’m inspired to revisit it and in between it rests!

    • sam
      August 1, 2016 at 11:17 am (3 years ago)

      Guilt is such a menace. Denying it access is really freeing. Shout when you come to Paarl!

  6. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    August 1, 2016 at 8:28 am (3 years ago)

    I could so eat this every night Sam. Great photos and glad you had a good time away 🙂

    • sam
      August 1, 2016 at 11:16 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Tandy – when we get old we can and absolutely should eat ice-cream every night.

  7. Teresa
    August 3, 2016 at 2:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Ice cream in winter?… you’re my kind of foodie! So glad you had a good break away – this blogging journey is full of highs and lows and it is good to take a step back once in a while. That said, it’s great to have you back! x

    • sam
      August 3, 2016 at 3:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Teresa. It is good to know we all sometimes feel the same way. More regular breaks on the cards for sure.

  8. anna @ annamayeveryday
    August 26, 2016 at 5:37 pm (3 years ago)

    SO know what you mean Sam, I run around doing all the stuff that needs to be done, then there is never any time for my blog and then I feel bad about that. Crazy. Love the look of this ice cream, so hot here at the moment this is just what I need! x

    • sam
      August 29, 2016 at 9:46 am (3 years ago)

      What is with the guilt? I don’t understand it either. PS I love getting your post alerts in my inbox. Enjoy the last hey days of summer…


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